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Mountain Buggy Duet Review

Price:   $650.00 List | $649.99 at Amazon
Pros:  Accepts two car seats of various brands, easy to maneuver
Cons:  Lack of convenience features
Bottom line:  A good pick for parents with infant twins that is easy to push and turn
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Manufacturer:   Mountain Buggy

The Skinny

The Mountain Buggy Duet ranks 5th out of 19 products we tested. This stroller is relatively easy to push and turn and earned above average scores for maneuverability and quality. The Mountain Buggy Duet is a cool side-by-side stroller that is relatively narrow and fits through most doorways. It has an adjustable handlebar and accepts two infant car seats or two infant carrycots. The Duet has air-filled rubber tires and an easy fold. The fabric is nice, removable and the seats are nicely padded. While this stroller is relatively lightweight compared to the competition and it has some nice features we enjoyed, it isn't enough to make it a good choice for most parents. There are options with higher overall scores that can fill almost any niche you need. However, it is the highest scoring side-by-side that will accept infant car seats from various brands outside its own, giving it a leg up on other side-by-side options.


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Our Analysis and Hands-on Test Results

Review by:
Juliet Spurrier, MD
Mom-in-Chief
BabyGearLab

Last Updated:
Friday
May 5, 2017

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The Mountain Buggy Duet is a side-by-side double stroller that is only 24. 5 inches wide at the wheelbase. It has 10-inch air-filled rubber tires, a one-handed fold, an automatic fold lock, and it self-stands. This stroller has a variety of seating options including two infant car seats, a single seat with additional "Joey" storage, and optional newborn carrycot. The stroller is made with 6063 T5 aluminum, 600d fabric, and a UPF 50+ canopy with a flip out visor and toggle close peek-a-boo window.

The Mountain Buggy Duet earned a 5th place rank in our review and testing of 18 different double strollers.
The Mountain Buggy Duet earned a 5th place rank in our review and testing of 18 different double strollers.

Performance Comparison


This is a comparison chart of the overall scores for the double strollers we tested in this review. The Mountain Buggy Duet is shown in blue.


The sections below include the details on how the Duet performed in each metric during testing.

Ease of Use




The Duet earned a 6 of 10 for ease of use, tying with the Baby Jogger City Mini Double, the Britax B-Agile Double, Baby Jogger City Select Double and the Graco FastAction Fold Duo. The high for this metric is 8 earned by the UPPAbaby Vista Double that both have easy to use everyday features.

The fold mechanism on the Duet is under the seat and can be accessed by lifting the fabric in the front.
The Mountain Buggy has a one hand fold initiated by releasing the frame to fold.
 

Fold and Unfold


The photos above show the location of the fold handle under the seat and how to rotate it.

The Duet fold is an easy one handed operation that is as quick as they say it is. It requires only halfway bending and only has three steps with an auto-lock and self-
The auto-locking feature on the Duet requires that the fold be done quickly and deliberately or it might not latch.
The auto-locking feature on the Duet requires that the fold be done quickly and deliberately or it might not latch.
standing features that both work well. We liked that this fold is smooth, but we caution that it will take some getting used to as it feels like the whole thing might bash into your shins. The auto-lock will not engage if you try to fold this one carefully and slowly, so it's better just to give it a good yank. We think most parents will feel comfortable with this fold over time. The unfold rated easy compared to the competition, but it will require two hands as you are more or less just unfolding it. It only takes two steps to unfold, and you will need to bend halfway down to avoid taking on the whole weight of it.

The single action brakes on the Duet are easy to set and release.
The single action brakes on the Duet are easy to set and release.

Brakes


The Duet has single action brakes that are only average for ease of setting and releasing compared to the competition.

While the storage bin on the Duet is rather small  it can hold a lot thanks to the open design.
While the storage bin on the Duet is rather small, it can hold a lot thanks to the open design.

Storage


The storage bin on the Duet accepts up to 11 pounds. The bin is medium in size compared to the competition, but we still managed
The storage bin on the Duet is easy to access from the back.
The storage bin on the Duet is easy to access from the back.
to fit our extra-large diaper bag inside because the top of the bin is open so larger items can fit. There is easy access on the sides and back. There is a strap that runs down the center of the bin that can cause some access problems, but the strap can be removed if necessary to open up space. The Buggy comes with a cool water bottle holder that is long and can hold most taller water bottles without a falling risk.

The peek-a-boo windows on the Duet are a nice size  but the toggle closures are hard to operate while pushing or with one hand.
The peek-a-boo windows on the Duet are a nice size, but the toggle closures are hard to operate while pushing or with one hand.

Sunshade


Each seat has its own independently operated canopy. They are decent in size with a nicer flip out visor, but they aren't large compared to the competition, and they don't cover as much. The only ventilation on the canopy/seat is the mesh peek-a-boo window with the toggle closure. The closure is hard to operate, and while arguably silent compared to hook and loop closures, it doesn't keep the whole window cover closed as it is highly influenced by the wind.

The Duet profile looks fairly minimalist with few features or conveniences added beyond the belly bar.
The seats lay almost flat when fully reclined  and the canopies with pop out visor cover baby just past the knee point.
 

The photos above show the Duet with the seat backs fully upright and canopies closed (left) and the seat backs fully reclined and canopies open (left).

The buckle on the Duet is a little tricky and requires both hands to operate.
The buckle on the Duet is a little tricky and requires both hands to operate.

Harness


The Buggy has a 5-point harness in each seat. The harness itself is difficult to get off and only slightly easier to get it back on. The buckle itself is only average, and it takes two hands pressing on three different points of contact at the same time to open it, then you need to manually separate the straps from the buckle. Adjusting the harness in size isn't difficult, as there is only one adjustment for both upper and lower harness straps, making it much easier, but the shoulder strap height adjustment is a rethread operation (something we normally aren't fond of). It has three different height options and a 4.5-inch range from highest to lowest. The crotch strap is not adjustable.

Adjusting the recline angle on the Duet requires 2 hands.
Adjusting the recline angle on the Duet requires 2 hands.

Seat


The leg rests also don't adjust and it has a narrower foot base. The seat backs recline is difficult to operate and is a two-handed operation.

Ease of Setup




The Duet setup is hard compared to the competition, and it has a poorly designed manual. The instructions are multi-language with illustrations in the back of the book. It took us over 10 minutes to put it together, which is worse than over half the products.

The 10 inch rubber tires on the Duet contribute to its overall easy maneuverability.
The 10 inch rubber tires on the Duet contribute to its overall easy maneuverability.

Maneuverability


The Duet is easy to push no matter what the terrain with a score of 7 of 10 for maneuverability. This is a tie with the Phil and Teds Dot and the Britax B-Ready Double. The high is 9 for the group earned by the Thule Urban Glide 2, Thule Chariot Cross 2, and the BOB Revolution Flex Duallie.

The front wheels on the Duet can be locked in place for easier moving over rough terrain.
The front wheels on the Duet can be locked in place for easier moving over rough terrain.

The rubber air filled tires on this stroller help it when it comes to pushing and turning over flat surfaces or bumpy roads. The two front wheel design with swivel wheels seems to help it maneuver in smaller spaces. It feels small and fit through all the doorways in our tests and around tight corners. This stroller rolls fairly well in the grass with maybe even a little one handed pushing possible. Gravel was a little harder, but still doable, and it went over small curbs with ease.

The Duet can self-stand or be laid on the ground when folded. The handlebar needs to be rotated completely down in order to stand the stroller.
The Duet can self-stand or be laid on the ground when folded. The handlebar needs to be rotated completely down in order to stand the stroller.

Weight and Folded Size


The Duet weighs more than the average stroller in the group with a weight of 32.8 pounds when the average is 32.2. This means nine strollers are lighter than the Buggy so it could stand to lose a few lbs. The high for the metric is a 9 for the Britax B-Agile Double, at 27.9 pounds and 10,649 cubic inches in size. The lightest stroller in the group is the Joovy Caboose Ultralight Graphite with a weight of just 23.4 pounds.

The Duet is only 17,199 cubic inches when folded. This size is smaller than the average for the group of 18,921. This stroller should fit well into almost any standard sized trunks. But several of the competition are much smaller with sizes closer to 10,000-11,000. The Baby Jogger City Mini Double measures 10,971 cubic inches while the Britax B-Agile Double is 10,649. The Baby Jogger City Mini Select Double is the heaviest in the group, weighing with a weight of almost 38 pounds!

The Duet scored well in our tests for quality.
The Duet scored well in our tests for quality.

Quality


The Duet scored a 7 of 10 in our tests for quality; this is a tie with 4 other strollers we tested. The high score is the Thule Urban Glide 2 and the Thule Chariot Cross 2 with a score of 9. The lowest is 3 shared by both the Baby Trend Sit N' Stand and the Graco Ready2Grow LX.

The Duet is a nice looking stroller with well crafted components.
The Duet is a nice looking stroller with well crafted components.

The fabric on the Mountain Buggy is a thicker feeling fabric of 600d. The canvas has a tight weave and is used on the majority of the stroller. We were able to get the hem fabric to snag and wished it was nice as the rest of the stroller. The seats have a removable cushion with a good amount of soft padding, and the fabric zips off for easy cleaning. It has a nice clean frame with solid connections. The overall fit and finish are good with a look that manages to be sleek and sturdy at the same time.

The handlebar on the Duet adjusts on a pivot point. It has one of the largest ranges in the group.
The handlebar on the Duet adjusts on a pivot point. It has one of the largest ranges in the group.

The wheels are spoked plastic with air-filled rubber tires all around. The tires fit the wheels well, and we didn't have any difficulties with them. The handlebar is adjustable and has a range from 30.1 inches from the ground up to 43.0 inches total. This is one of the greatest ranges in the group and certainly must be able to conform to parents of all heights. The bar is covered in foam with a coating of plastic or rubber-like material. The bar has more give to it than just rubber covered, but will be easier to keep clean than the foam kind. However, they aren't as nice to hold as a foam covered bar. The handlebar is nice and wide with a little slope at each side, making it somewhat more ergonomic for the pusher. The Duet doesn't have shocks of any kind. This seems a little short-sighted for a stroller that seems designed for uneven terrain in many other respects.

Ease of Car Seat Attachment


The Mountain Buggy will work with two infant car seats at the same time with the purchase of the appropriate adapters. The Duet is compatible with some car seats from the following brands: Mountain Buggy, Phil and Teds, Maxi-Cosi, Cybex Aton, and Graco Classic Connect and Click Connect.

Twins


Because the Duet accepts two infant car seats at the same time, it is a potential option for parents of twins. It also accepts two carrycots for smaller infants, and it has configurations where both seats can face the pusher which is nicer for babies who want to keep their eyes on mom or dad. Also, as children age they will experience the same seating arrangements, theoretically cutting down on the arguments siblings can have over seats that offer different features.

The Duet works well both for children of varying ages and for twins. this stroller can work with two toddler seats (shown here)  two car seats  two carry cots  and any combination of two of those three.
The Duet works well both for children of varying ages and for twins. this stroller can work with two toddler seats (shown here), two car seats, two carry cots, and any combination of two of those three.

Best Applications


We feel the Duet is a potentially good choice for twins. It is one of the few side-by-side style strollers that will accept two infant car seats, and the highest ranking side-by-side that will accept two from brands outside its own. It is also good for children of different ages because it can work with one seat and a car seat or cot.

Value


The Mountain Buggy has a list price of $650. This price is the same as the Thule Urban Glide 2 and both have the third cheapest prices in the top 5 products in this review. Considering how versatile it is it does seem like a good value. Earning a respectable score for maneuverability and for quality, coupled with the ability to accept two infant car seats, we think it has what it takes to last several years and through lots of family changes.

The Mountain Buggy Duet is a great stroller for twins as long as both can sit up by themselves. These passengers are 12 months old  18 pounds and 28 inches tall  and 2.5 years old  30 pounds and 37.5 inches tall.
The Mountain Buggy Duet is a great stroller for twins as long as both can sit up by themselves. These passengers are 12 months old, 18 pounds and 28 inches tall, and 2.5 years old, 30 pounds and 37.5 inches tall.

Conclusion


The Mountain Buggy Duet is a versatile side-by-side double stroller that can accept two infant car seats and has a variety of seating configurations for children of various ages. This stroller has rubber air filled wheels, independent canopies, an adjustable handlebar, and under seat storage. The Buggy is easy to push and turn, even one handed over grass, making it a pleasure to use even with it weighted down. While not a true standout in most ways, this is the highest ranked side-by-side option that accepts two infant car seats, and one of the only side-by-side configurations that will accept seats outside of its brand.

Other Versions and Accessories


Mountain Buggy also makes another stroller for two called the Mountain Buggy +One. This stroller can be used for one child or two from one toddler and one infant to two toddlers. It has a three wheel design that has two additional zippered pockets on the back of the storage bin. It is built with all terrain in mind with rear shocks and a lockable swivel front wheel. It can be used with an infant car seat, carrycot, or free-wheeling scooter. It has a list price of $700 and a cool front wheel ski attachment for snow going.

The best accessory for the Duet is the additional storage system when you are only pushing one child, called the Mountain Buggy Joey Storage Compartment. This cool bin sits in the second seat location and has two carry totes, and can hold up to 40 pounds. The other accessory you might want to consider is the Carrycot Plus for the Duet. The Duet can accept two cots for two infants.

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